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Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts: Raspberry Fool

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Raspberry Fool



This summer I saw a few different Fool recipes floating around, and all of the claimed that Fool is a traditional English dessert.  My Grandma was born and raised in England, my Dad was born in England, and he still has lots of family there.  So I was shocked I had never heard of this before.  I asked my Dab about it, but he didn't know anything either (he left England when he was 2, my Grandpa was in the Air Force).  So I did a little research, and sure enough it is English.  So I had to make some! 

It is a super easy, rather light dessert.  By light I don't mean calorie wise, I just mean not heavy.  It is basically a homemade whipped cream with pureed fruit mixed in.  It is a great dessert for a big meal, not too sweet and not too heavy.  Plus it is super easy to make.  No baking or cooking, so you are done in less than 10 minutes!  It is pretty versatile, you could use many different fruits.  From what I could find it looks like raspberry is traditional, but I could see strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries being great.  I even saw someone layer the cream over grilled fruit (peaches I think). 


Raspberry Fool
Printable Recipe

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 pint raspberries

Using an electric mixer whip the heavy cream over med high until you get soft peaks.  Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla.  Do not over mix or it will curdle and turn to butter. 

Place all but a few raspberries in a food processor.  Puree until almost smooth.  You don't want soup, but you don't want huge chunks either. 

Fold the raspberries into the cream.  Serve in a glass, and top with the reserved raspberries. 

If you want to take it over the top and away from tradition you could layer in some brownies! 

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42 Comments:

At September 15, 2011 at 2:41 AM , Blogger Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

This dessert is perfect for me - no baking and just mixing everything. I love the brownie topping! Thanks for this recipe, I'm keeping this!

 
At September 15, 2011 at 4:07 AM , Blogger Nava.K said...

yummy and tempting looking dessert, lovely color.

 
At September 15, 2011 at 6:16 AM , Blogger Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

I love fools! Yours looks so pretty - I did a raspberry fool on my blog a little while ago - gooseberry is great too - if you can find any gooseberries :)
Mary

 
At September 15, 2011 at 7:01 AM , Anonymous Anne@frommysweetheart said...

So sweet and simple! But I DO love the brownies on top!

 
At September 15, 2011 at 7:12 AM , Anonymous Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook said...

I never heard of a fool but now I want to try one, particularly the one with brownie bits included:)

 
At September 15, 2011 at 7:30 AM , Blogger Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} said...

I keep seeing all of these fool recipes and I'm so impressed! Yours is so pretty!

 
At September 15, 2011 at 7:30 AM , Anonymous Lacy said...

Yum!! This looks like an amazing, simple dessert. Especially with the brownies on top!

 
At September 15, 2011 at 8:07 AM , Blogger Carolyn said...

Who you callin' fool? Ahhahahaha! Sorry, couldn't resist. I love foll desserts, discovered them in Mark Bitman's book. Yummy.

 
At September 15, 2011 at 8:35 AM , Blogger Tina said...

Raspberries in cream sounds heavenly and your picture is very enticing. Well done.

 
At September 15, 2011 at 8:45 AM , Anonymous Beth Michelle said...

I have seen a bunch of fool recipes too but havent made any myself. Yours looks so delicious, perfect for summer.

 
At September 15, 2011 at 9:15 AM , Anonymous Pretend Chef said...

Yummy!

 
At September 15, 2011 at 10:01 AM , Anonymous RavieNomNoms said...

What a prefect looking raspberry treat Erin! Looks so yummy...I always enjoy a good raspberry dessert!!

 
At September 15, 2011 at 10:24 AM , Blogger Curry and Comfort said...

I'm no fool.. but I love raspberry fool. :) I think fools are great desserts after a heavy meal. It's just melts in your mouth and this looks perfect! You're British family will be proud of you.

 
At September 15, 2011 at 11:01 AM , Blogger Sandra said...

How interesting, Erin! This dessert look so delicious, and I do love the name!

 
At September 15, 2011 at 1:06 PM , Blogger Ryan said...

This looks gorgeous-- love the raspberry swirls with the white cream. It sounds like a delicious dessert after a heavy meal and I like that it can be whipped up in 10 minutes!

 
At September 15, 2011 at 1:49 PM , Blogger Carrie said...

This looks great! I just found your blog a week or two ago, and so far every recipe of yours I've tried has turned out fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

 
At September 15, 2011 at 1:57 PM , Blogger Ericka Andersen said...

Ahh that looks sooo good. FOr some reason, I never remember to make the easy stuff. Thanks for the idea. Buzzing away!

 
At September 15, 2011 at 2:08 PM , OpenID sweetcarolinescooking.com said...

Aw bummer, I was hoping you meant low calorie as well! Ha, wishful thinking. But this would surely be worth the calories, as it looks so delicious. I love berry desserts.

 
At September 15, 2011 at 2:18 PM , Anonymous Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

This sounds so good, Erin! I love anything with raspberry! Btw, I wanted to let you know that I added you to my blogroll, hope that's okay!

 
At September 15, 2011 at 2:54 PM , Blogger Shari said...

I am a fool for raspberries. This looks like a perfect Florida dessert.

 
At September 15, 2011 at 3:07 PM , Blogger Pam said...

This is my kind of dessert! It looks fluffy and delicious.

 
At September 15, 2011 at 4:30 PM , Blogger Mary said...

What a gorgeous dessert. I've been browsing through your earlier posts and haven;t found a thing that I I don't want to bake. You have a really great blog and I'm glad I found you. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

 
At September 15, 2011 at 4:55 PM , Blogger Dee at Deelicious Sweets said...

My favorite part was how you added brownies to it! Yum!

 
At September 15, 2011 at 5:11 PM , Blogger Ann said...

Oh, this is FABULOUS! I'm an absolute Fool for your Raspberry Fool! Heading to Food Buzz to buzz this one!

 
At September 15, 2011 at 5:12 PM , Blogger Ann said...

....Buzzed!

 
At September 15, 2011 at 6:58 PM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

This is a new recipe for me. It sounds comforting and delicious!

 
At September 15, 2011 at 7:22 PM , Blogger Holly Henry said...

OMG! These look so good! Love the raspberries but I agree that other fruit would be just as nice!

 
At September 15, 2011 at 10:51 PM , Anonymous Baking Serendipity said...

I've never heard of this before, but I love how simple and delicious it looks :)

 
At September 16, 2011 at 12:09 AM , Blogger Tiffanee said...

Wow! That looks and sounds amazing!! I really want some right now!! YUM!! Bookmarking it to make like tomorrow!!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 12:55 PM , Anonymous Cucina49 said...

I love these old-fashioned summer desserts. Thanks for sharing!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 5:42 PM , Blogger Peggy said...

I remember seeing a lot of Fool recipes at the beginning of summer too! Sounds easy enough =)

 
At September 17, 2011 at 7:27 AM , Blogger Lizzy said...

Beautiful, Erin!!! Congrats on the Top 9!!!

 
At September 17, 2011 at 10:41 AM , Blogger {Epicurean Mom} said...

Yum! I love anything Strawberry! :)

 
At September 17, 2011 at 10:57 AM , Blogger Ally said...

Wow... light & heavenly!
xo
http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

 
At September 17, 2011 at 11:14 AM , Blogger Audra said...

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At September 17, 2011 at 11:15 AM , Blogger Audra said...

Lets try this again: This looks beautiful and light! Great post!

 
At September 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM , Blogger Dee Dee's Delights said...

Congrats on top 9! This looks amazing and yummy too!

 
At September 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM , Blogger Christine's Pantry said...

Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!

 
At September 17, 2011 at 8:24 PM , Blogger KonstantKraver said...

Wow that looks so light and fluffy , such a nice simple dessert cant wait tot try make it myself :)!
Congrats on the top 9! :)

 
At September 17, 2011 at 9:08 PM , Blogger annc999 said...

Freaking DELISH! OMG!

 
At September 17, 2011 at 11:54 PM , Anonymous Stefanie said...

Gorgeous and simple... what more could a girl as for? :)

 
At September 18, 2011 at 9:05 AM , Anonymous kita said...

What a beautiful little raspberry dessert! And I love the portion controlled of serving it in those cups.

 

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